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It is New Year's weekend and the friends of Peter (Fry) gather at his newly inherited country house. Ten years ago, they all acted together in a Cambridge University student comedy troupe, but it's less clear how much they have in common now.Peter's friends are Andrew (Branagh), now a writer in Hollywood; married jingle writers Roger (Laurie) and Mary (Staunton); glamorous costume designer Sarah (Emmanuel); and eccentric Maggie (Thompson), who works in publishing. Cast in sharp relief to the university chums are Carol (Rudner), the American TV star wife of Andrew; and loutish Brian (Slattery), Sarah's very recently acquired lover. Law plays Peter's disapproving housekeeper, Vera; and Lowe, her son Paul. Briers appears in a cameo role as Peter's father.
'Fill me with your little babies!!' That line cracks me up incredibly every time I watch this, which I've done numerous times.
'Dramady' has not been done better very often.
Peter's Friends is another of those films that I can see isn't perfect but it means rather a lot to me. I have such strong memories of it, of watching it on Channel 4 one Sunday evening in the mid 90s, or of even passing an advertising hoarding with its poster on many times in 1992 as it was just up the road from me opposite the local Morrisons! I even have the excellent soundtrack.
Billed as 'A comedy for the 90s' Peter's Friends was certainly that (though in all honesty it was probably usurped of that accolade just two years later with Four Weddings and a Funeral) and helped create or build on a template that would be seen…
The brilliant Stephen Fry leads a terrific cast that includes Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, and Hugh Laurie. The soundtrack is fantastic. Branagh does a great job directing from a charming, witty, and clever script even if the ending is a little pretentious. Still, this is a very good character study. Definitely more than just "a british version of The Big Chill" as some people dub it.
What The Big Chill did at the beginning of the eighties with 70s music and a bunch of friends getting back together for the first time in years, Peter's Friends does at the beginning of the nineties with 80s music and in England. A great ensemble piece!
The joke is that the reason I wanted to watch this movie ended up being the thing I was most frustrated by when watching it.
Everyone says this is the British version of The Big Chill. If, by saying that, they mean that it's about old friends reuniting after time apart and that the soundtrack is a huge part of the film, then I suppose it's true. At it all other ways, the films don't share much in common.
What I did find interesting here is how, much of the time, these characters don't seem to like each other very much anymore. They're held together by the bonds of youth and youthful silliness, but their connection at this point is…
Boasting a fine ensemble of actors and a good script, this is a very watchable movie about a reunion of old friends. Only problem is that the plot bears more than a passing resemblance to that of The Big Chill.
The ultimate "I wanted to like this more than I did" movie.
(5/8 is "Okay")
Moderately entertaining but completely underwhelming.
This is a bit sort of formula but likeable. Imelda Staunton has a lovely singing voice. Stephen Fry plays Stephen Fry as he always does but I liked the character played by Hugh Laurie. I warmed to the film and the characters as it progressed and I didn't fall asleep!
A terrific, mostly English cast make this a charming little movie. Rita Rudner didn't do a hell of a lot of acting after this which was a wise move because every line she delivers is like nails on a chalkboard. Still, she was supposed to be playing the dumb, vain American in the movie, so I guess her performance wasn't totally wasted.
Sympatischer Film über eine Gruppe Freunde aus Studienzeiten die sich nach Jahren wieder treffen. Konflikte flammen auf, alte wie neue, Versöhnung und Wiedersehensfreude. Lustig, komisch, charmant transportiert der Film gekonnt etwas vom Lebensgefühl der 80er.
I feel like Peter's Friends is something of a misnomer. It's more about Peter and his friends are also there. That's not a criticism though, just an observation. It also manages to be pretty serious and at times morbid as well as funny. Lots of fantastically 80s montages. It also has very little closure, which may be ingenious or lazy writing, or even both. I'm still trying to decide that one.
Very funny. Haven't seen it in a while so I don't have that much else to say, but worth watching if you like Branagh & friends.
Too good to be mislabeled a British Woody Allen clone; superior in so many ways, especially photography and direction.
It's the little ways you try together, cry together, lie together, that make perfect relationships. So goes one of the lyrics from the Sondheim musical A Little Night Music. The song is about marriage but many friendships last longer.
Kenneth Branagh's film, Peter's Friends, feels like a filmed play. Branagh enjoys having long, uncut scenes where the camera slowly pans or zooms into the action. It helps that most of the cast are live theatre pros. The eponymous character is played by Stephen Fry and is joined at his country estate by a bunch of old college mates who haven't been together for close to a decade. Those friends include: married couple Roger and Marie (Hugh Laurie and Imelda Staunton)…
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